Staff - JCC DayCamps

Camp Staff

Our counselors and supervisory staff focus on the growth and development of each child at camp. The camp directors are available throughout the summer to answer any questions you have about your child’s experience.

Camp Director(s)

Lewis Sohinki
J&R Day Camps, Squirrel Hill Specialty Camps, Noar and Bogrim Travel Camp -- Director

Lewis has served as director at Camp Northland, outside of Toronto, and previously served for four summers as the director of B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in the Poconos. Lewis, the product of two seasoned JCC professionals, serves on the Executive Leadership Institute of the Foundation for Jewish Camp. He has worked as youth counselor in the Reform movement, the Baltimore Council BBYO director, and the Teen Services Supervisor at the JCC of Houston. He earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Jewish Communal Service from Baltimore Hebrew University.

[email protected] | 412-697-3537 | Summer412-829-7707

Ethan Copperman
-- Assistant Director of Operations

Ethan Copperman is a new addition to the JCC’s Children, Youth and Family Division as the Assistant Director of Operations. Prior to joining the agency, he worked as a Research Assistant for UPMC Children’s Hospital. He assisted with a variety of studies that centered on adolescent violence prevention. Before his work with UPMC, Ethan functioned as the Office Assistant at J&R Day Camp.
Previously, he served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Philadelphia. As a Corps Member, he supported classroom instruction by tutoring and mentoring middle school students. Following City Year, he went on to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the School District of Philadelphia main office where he helped children, parents and school staff with a series of initiatives to improve overall school attendance.
Ethan is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He enjoys playing sports, trying new restaurants and traveling. Most recently, he earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Corporate and Community Relations from the University of Pittsburgh. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont. In the future, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in Business Administration.

[email protected] | 412-697-3540 | Summer412-697-3540

Liza Baron
Early Childhood Development Center (Camps K'Ton Ton and Yeladim)
-- Squirrel Hill Director

With 15 years of JCC professional experience, Liza Baron is the Director of Early Childhood Development. Before coming to the JCC in 2000, Liza worked with children in therapeutic foster care. She has a degree in Family and Community Services from the University of Delaware and an M.S.W. from the University of Pittsburgh.

[email protected] | (412)697-3530 | Summer

Ann Haalman
Day and Specialty Camps -- South Hills Director

Ann Haalman, Director, Children and Family Services and Summer Day Camps, has a Teacher Certificate from the Hayim Greenberg Teachers College in Jerusalem, a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University.

[email protected] | (412)278-1782 | Summer

Kathy Wayne
Performing Arts Camp -- Squirrel Hill Director

Kathy Wayne, JCC Dance Director, is a graduate of Point Park College with a B.A. in dance. Her professional credits include Tokyo Disneyland, Caesar’s Atlantic City and many productions with the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

[email protected] | (412)339-5414 | Summer

Meredith Brown
-- Program Development Coordinator

Meredith has been the Program Development Coordinator for the Children/Teen/Family Division since 2012. In her role, she creates new programming for children and families, supervises the Clubhouse after school program, the Teen and Young Adult Center program, and the Middle and High School Musicals. Meredith also directs the summer Specialty Camps. Prior to working at the JCC, Meredith worked as the site based program director at Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Agency for Jewish Learning as the Director of Teen Initiatives, and as the BBYO Director in Northern Virginia. Meredith graduated from Ohio University and is also a graduate of the prestigious Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute program under the guidance of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Jewish Community Center Association. Meredith lives in Greenfield with her husband, daughter, and their dog.

[email protected] | 412-697-3520 | Summer412-697-3520

Marilee Glick
J&R Day Camps -- Assistant Director

Marilee worked in the Pittsburgh Public Schools for 30 years as a classroom teacher and mathematics coach. She has served as Educational Director of the Temple Sinai Religious School for 25 years.

[email protected] | 412-829-7707 | Summer

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